Over the past few years, things have become quite a challenge for me. Back in 2008, the economy tanked and many stopped investing in new media marketing. Most of those that did are doing well, now. Everybody else is running to catch-up as the economy shifts back into high gear, again.
There had been less demand for my website design services and I took advantage of that to allow myself the ability to develop some of my own websites. I even took a part time job to help with expenses and stay out of trouble. But I feel that that decision has cost me a great deal.
Nevertheless, a couple of years ago I got hurt at my part time job. That had me laying up for over a year and a half, tired and in pain. I couldn't get much done, because I was still unloading trucks, still coming home tired, and on top of being so tired, I was in more and more pain.
After a year and a half, I finally received the surgery I needed and my hip is a lot better, now. But I still experience pain (though now I have pain meds) and the clicking noise hasn't completely gone away.
This situation has made it ever increasingly hard to sit at a computer for long periods at a time, and in order to do some things that I enjoyed, like continuing to design, I have been experimenting with designing fonts. For the most part, I find it a lot of fun, though it always seems that no one notices my work, as I am just getting started with this and have a lot to learn.
Right now I have been just trying to create a few unique fonts with my own take that might be useful for others. I have also been checking out other people's fonts and changing them up, or adding a few characters that I think were needed. But I am always playing with fonts that allow me to create derivatives of their their work and I always give the original artists credit.
But I have been playing and experimenting around with fonts for quite some time now. And although I have made my works available to the public in one form or another (freeware or shareware), I haven't been promoting them very much. So how would anyone know about them anyway, right?
So now I'm going to document my experimentation, and I'll probably start at near the beginning. I probably won't post the few first fonts that I have done, as they were not noteworthy. But I find that my hip is not doing as well as I thought it was, all of my old websites have been destroyed, and it is hard for me to stay at my computer for extended lengths of time. So working on fonts a little here and there is easy, where designing search optimized websites complete with both mobile and web oriented interfaces on a Content Manangement System such as MODx, PLD, WordPress or Typo3 takes great concentration and a lot of time to get them just right.
So, that's what I will be posting about for the next few days, documenting my successes in font making. I hope someone will find some use out of what I have done.